Ink & Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 25 & Sailor Storia Balloon Green

Franklin-Christoph Model 25 with a bottle of Sailor Storia Balloon GreenThe Franklin-Christoph Model 25 is the second fountain pen that I inked up to try out the Sailor Storia Balloon Green ink. Like the Franklin-Christoph Model 19 I inked it up back on July 27th, although it took considerably longer to write it dry. It lasted three weeks, which is faster than typical for me, but that’s because I only filled the converter about 1/3 of the way, and since I filled the converter directly there wasn’t any ink in the feed.

As I mentioned in the Balloon Green ink review, the ink took a very, very long time to reach the nib, but once it did the flow was good.

I like the looks of the Model 25 and I like the stub nib. Yet, I don’t use this pen a lot and never for a long writing session. The perfectly straight barrel is a little thin for me and lacks a traditional gripping section. The pen becomes uncomfortable if I use it for long stretches. Because of this the pen spent a lot of time in my Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter’s pen loop where I could pull it out for marking up documents or taking meeting notes. I rarely use the Taschenbegleiter for long writing sessions.

Franklin-Christoph Model 25 in a Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter

As I mentioned in the review, while nice, there’s nothing special about the Storia ink. Being a pigment based ink it potentially needs more care than a normal ink. I didn’t have any problems, but I wouldn’t want to leave it in a pen that would go unused for a week. So while I like green ink I think my next green will be Montblanc Irish Green.

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